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Governor Newsom’s proposal to cut in-home nursing for illegal immigrants receiving pushback

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Health and labor advocates in California are voicing strong opposition to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to eliminate in-home nursing and care assistance for illegal immigrants from the state’s budget. The proposal is part of an effort to reduce California’s estimated $73 billion deficit to $7 billion.

Just The News reports that the state’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, which provides essential personal care for elderly and disabled individuals, is at the center of the controversy. The program offers up to 283 hours per month of assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, housework, and meal preparation. For the fiscal year 2024-2025, Governor Newsom proposed a $9 billion allocation for IHSS, marking a $1 billion increase from the previous year.

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) points out that beneficiaries of the IHSS program are responsible for hiring and supervising a paid provider, often a family member, at an estimated wage of $17.95 per hour.

Despite the expansion of Medi-Cal to cover all illegal immigrants starting in January, the governor’s proposal would eliminate IHSS coverage for these individuals while maintaining their access to most other Medi-Cal services. The left-leaning California Budget and Policy Center criticized the proposal, describing it as “harmful and xenophobic” and warning that it could push immigrant families deeper into poverty and increase long-term state spending on nursing home care.

The California Department of Social Services, which oversees IHSS, reported that only 3,000 illegal immigrants have been authorized for IHSS, with about 1,500 currently receiving benefits.

California’s expansion of Medi-Cal to include all illegal immigrants between 26 and 50 years old is expected to add 700,000 beneficiaries at an annual cost of $3.4 billion. Governor Newsom has committed to funding this program expansion despite the ongoing budget crisis. “We also want to maintain our health care expansion across the board, regardless of ability to pay, regardless of pre-existing conditions and your immigration status,” Newsom stated in his revised May budget proposal.

With demographic shifts indicating that one in four Californians will be 60 or older by 2030, the costs of programs like IHSS are projected to rise. This increase comes at a time when fewer workers are available to contribute taxes to fund these services, raising concerns about long-term sustainability. Declining birth rates further exacerbate this issue, leading to fewer future workers.

 

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NYC bill trying to repeal ‘sanctuary city’ laws put in place by liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio

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New York lawmakers are introducing a bill this week to undo “sanctuary city” laws approved from 2014-2018 under then-Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. Council members Robert Holden (D-Queens) and Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) told The New York Post they’ll introduce the bill Thursday.

Among the laws to be reversed include the prohibiting of the NYPD, and Correction and Probation departments from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the cases involve suspected terrorists or serious public safety risks. It would also reverse rules prohibiting city agencies from partnering with ICE to enforce federal immigration laws.

“Sanctuary city laws put all New Yorkers, both immigrants and longtime residents, in danger by preventing the NYPD and DOC from working with ICE,” said Holden, a moderate Dem. “We do not need to import criminals, and only 23 years since 9/11, we have forgotten the deadly consequences of poor interagency communication. We must repeal these laws immediately.”

“Like most things in New York, sanctuary city policy is a social experiment gone off the rails,” said Borelli. “All the problems with these local laws came out during the public-hearing process, but the Council just stepped harder on the gas pedal.”

In February, Mayor Eric Adams called for the rules to be loosened so migrants “suspected” of “serious” crimes could also be turned over to ICE — as they once were under sanctuary city policies implemented as early as 1989 under ex-mayors Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg.

Among public reasons for the push is the murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.  If it wasn’t for the sanctuary city policies, Riley is among other deaths that could have been prevented if the policies were not in place, Holden and other critics have said.

The 22-year-old was found dead Feb. 22 on the University of Georgia’s campus, six months after her alleged killer Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, was arrested in Queens and charged with endangering a child.

The Post explains of the case:

The NYPD had no choice but to cut the Venezuelan-born Ibarra loose — instead of turning him over to federal immigration officials — because he didn’t have any major crime convictions.

Council Speaker Adrienne Adams shot down the mayor’s idea just one day later, saying she and the rest of the Council’s progressive Democratic majority wouldn’t be considering any rule changes. The bill introduced this week is also likely to face objections from the Council’s left-wing Democratic majority.

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